MONTROSE, Colo., Aug. 18, 2015 — While Colorado typically conjures images of Rocky Mountain ski towns, the state’s southwestern side is not without its attractions. Home to national [arks, quaint towns, extra-ordinary golfing, camping, mountain biking and wildlife, Delta and Montrose counties are not something to be missed, and the town of Montrose is a perfect hub for exploring Western Colorado.
A 15-mile drive from Montrose is the south rim of Black Canyon National Park. This dramatic canyon runs more than 50 miles. Narrow across and remarkably deep, the canyon gets its name because the sun reaches the canyon floor for only a few minutes each day. At its deepest it is 2,700 feet, and it is worth visiting if only to take in the canyon’s epic expanse and swing by the visitor’s center.
The canyon also offers countless activities. World-class fishing, hiking, backpacking and horseback riding are among the many ways you can enjoy this natural wonder. The canyon is also good for rock climbs of all skill levels. Though whitewater rafting and kayaking are options, due to class II-V rapids many sections of the river are closed, but beautiful to look at nonetheless.
Montrose is also home to several championship golf courses. The Links at Cobble Creek is a par 72 golf course that wanders through the neighborhood of the same name. Though the course isn’t as rugged as many Colorado courses, the Links offers lush fairways and breath-taking views of the San Jacinto Mountains. Not terribly difficult and well-kept, the Links at Cobble Creek offers enough interesting shots to challenge the veteran player but is pleasantly manageable for the less experienced player.
The Jack Nicklaus-designed course, the Bridges, is a bit more challenging. This par 71 spectacularly maintained championship course features 10ttt lakes and 17 bridges. Water comes into play on 14 of the
18 holes, making it important to keep your shots in the fairway. Tee lengths range from 5,400 yards to as long as 7,100, but don’t be mistaken. If you can’t land it on the fairway, you might want to stick with the Links at Cobble Creek, unless you don’t mind losing a few balls.
For eats, enjoy local brews and burgers at the Horsefly Brewing Company. If you are looking for something a little more upscale, it is hard to find anything bad on the contemporary menu of the Stone House. High ceilings, an open fireplace and creative candle arrangements give the otherwise cabin-like feel a touch of romance. The rib-eye is a sure thing and the wine selection is the best in town.
While Montrose doesn’t have the finest when it comes to quaint hotels, the town offers more than enough reasonably priced chain where anyone at any budget can be comfortable. Given the wide range of activities the area offers, you won’t be in your hotel room much anyway.